Siân Berry: On 24 June 2019, The Evening Standard ran an article about a company called Wireless CCTV that is developing facial recognition software for body-worn cameras. Has the Metropolitan Police Service had any meetings or communication with this firm in the context of this new technology?
Siân Berry: Is the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) decision not to exercise its right to reply to the independent evaluation of the live facial recognition trials, which was undertaken by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and published on 3 July 2019, an endorsement of the report's findings and conclusions?
Siân Berry: In April 2019, the new police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) policy demanding access to the entire contents of the mobile phones of victims of sexual violence was brought in, telling victims that cases won't continue unless they consent to handing over this data. Following a national outcry, the police and CPS promised to meet with stakeholders to discuss urgent reform, but have now...
Siân Berry: How was human rights compliance ensured by the Metropolitan Police Service through the live facial recognition trials process, and what consultations or assessments were done in this regard, and by whom?
Siân Berry: On 17 June 2019, The Times ran an article titled "Ministers must act over ‘explosion’ of spy technology, says watchdog," in which the Surveillance Camera Commissioner criticised work by Greater Manchester Police that involved the use of facial recognition data captured by the owners of the city’s Trafford shopping centre on 18 million shoppers. Has the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)...
Siân Berry: How many times did Metropolitan Police Service officers discharge Tasers in each year from 2016 to 2018? Could you break this total down further by: a) the number of discharges per year captured on Body Worn Video (BWV), and b) the number of discharges per year carried out by officers working on their own?
Siân Berry: Further to our discussion on 21 December 2017 following my question 2017/5309, could you provide copies of the current guidance given to police officers and PCSOs who visit schools on suitable content for presentations, including imagery related to knife crime?
Siân Berry: Following the recent misconduct case relating to an incident in September 2016 where an officer used a knife on a car windscreen, what action is being taken by the Metropolitan Police Service to prevent officers carrying their own knives while on duty?
Siân Berry: On 3 July 2019 the independent evaluation of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) live facial recognition trials was published. The authors, from the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, identified significant flaws in MPS procedures, practices and human rights compliance, and the report says that it is “highly possible” that its use to date would be held unlawful if challenged in...
Siân Berry: With reference to my question 2017/2811, since your 2018 review of name-blind recruitment in the GLA, what proportion of, and how many, recruitment processes in each of the GLA group of organisations have used name-blind shortlisting for job applicants? Are any future changes planned to procedures in each organisation to increase this proportion?
Siân Berry: How has your work on the proposed development at the St Ann's Hospital site in Haringey helped to make this an exemplar of community-led development, and not just a business-as-usual, developer-led project?
Siân Berry: How has the Housing Infrastructure Fund process helped progress the OPDC plans?
Siân Berry: Thank you, Mr Mayor. To clarify a couple of next steps, you said it is going out to tender to developers very soon on the terms that you have just stated: 800 homes with 50% affordable. Has StART, the community land trust that came up with this idea in the first place, agreed to those terms and the terms of their working going forward?
Siân Berry: Have they signed off it going to tender? I understand that not to be the case.
Siân Berry: They have been involved in the process up to now, but have they signed off going forward to tender?
Siân Berry: OK. I wanted to go through some of the details of the scheme as it stands from the plans in the context of the agreed vision for the site, which says: “The scheme will be used in future as an example to others that such schemes can be financially viable and deliverable.” On the proportion of genuinely affordable homes, you were talking about 50% there. StART’s plan and request was for...
Siân Berry: Mr Mayor, that is a great improvement. Also, can I commend you on the homes ââ
Siân Berry: In terms of numbers ââ
Siân Berry: That is fine. In terms of numbers, you have made a great improvement ââ
Siân Berry: Mr Mayor, do not interrupt me. You have made a great improvement in terms of numbers and the NHS-focused homes are a great thing, but in terms of it being an exemplar of community-led housing I am not sure we are there. What kind of reaction are you expecting from people coming to see the exemplar scheme? They are just going to say, “I can see schemes like this all across London”. It is...